You wake up and head outside to check on your vegetable garden. Make sure everything is just right where you left it. Still growing inch by inch.
As you gain sight of your garden you see a rabbit running away. Now you’re nervous. You rush to check on all of your vegetables and see that a portion of your zucchini plants is just gone.
Eaten by what? Do rabbits eat zucchini plants? Can Rabbits eat zucchini?
They look like they just disappeared. Not eaten. You look closely to try and see bite marks.
They’re just gone. They disappeared. Surely if rabbits or something else were eating them there would be some kind of bite marks or something that would tell me for sure if they are being eaten.
You rush to your computer for a quick google search and find this article.
To answer your question, do rabbits eat zucchini?
Yes, rabbits do and will eat your zucchini plants. That goes for butternut squash as well. When they are about 2 to 4 inches long, they tend to eat them all the way down to the stem of the plants. Rabbits can eat the majority of plants in the squash family. Zucchini and butternut squash are fair game.
Squirrels tend to take the plants and run away with them as opposed to eating them on site. They would take them up a tree and eat parts of them before dropping them. If it was a squirrel, the scene would appear different.
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How To Keep Rabbits Away From Your Zucchini
We’ve identified the problem. Now we must repel bugs bunny, and here’s how we’ll do it.
These tips won’t just keep rabbits out of your garden, but squirrels as well.
The below methods will tell you how to keep rabbits and squirrels out of your garden.
Build A Rabbit-Proof Fence
You may or may not already have a fence around your garden. That’s usually one of the first lines of defense that’s used to protect crops.
There are fences that are specifically designed to keep rabbits out. If you have more than one rabbit invading your territory and you think it will be an ongoing issue. A rabbit-proof fence may be worth installing for you.
If you do decide to go the fence route. Your next question may be, how to keep rabbits from going under the fence?
Making the fence at least 6 inches deep is recommended to keep rabbits out since they can’t dig that deep. 6-12 inches deep is the common depth to make sure rabbits can dig under the fence and get inside.
A good ole’ trap always gets the job done if the trap is constructed and planted properly.
Get A Survival Dog
Do you have a dog?
Perhaps the most definite way to deter rabbits from your vegetables is to get a beast of a dog. Nothing scares something quite like the threat of death. Nothing will work for keeping rabbits out of your yard quite like a 150lb German Shephard.
We have a guide on the Ultimate Survival Dog here.
There are also deterrents you can use. Natural repellents make some of the best rabbit repellent to keep them out of your vegetable garden.
Watch the video below to see how to make a homemade natural rabbit repellent.
Now you know how to keep rabbits from eating plants in your garden.
To recap this post for you.
Yes, rabbits do and will eat your zucchini plants. As well as squash plants.
- You can make a rabbit-proof fence to keep rabbits out of your garden. Make sure it’s at least six inches deep.
- You can make a natural rabbit deterrent at home with cayenne pepper.
- Or you can get a survival dog.
Any of those options will get the job done.
Have you ever had a rabbit problem in your garden?